Green Caimito (Chrysophyllum cainito)

Green Caimito (Chrysophyllum cainito)

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The Green Caimito, or Green Star Apple, is a tropical evergreen fruiting tree/shrub from South and Central America’s lowland jungles. It is a gorgeous ornamental tree, bearing glossy green leaves with bronze undersides. It is the green-skinned version of the all-star Caimito and is a member of the Sapotaceae family, related to Sapodilla and Canistel. Given the name “Star Fruit” because of its star-shaped center when cut in half, it is a delight for the eyes and the tastebuds! When soft to the touch, the fruit is ripe and ready to try! Discard the green, inedible latex skin, and cut the fruit in half to expose the inside, bearing a richly-sweet flesh with juicy, purple pulp and black seeds. Reminiscent of blueberries and lychee, it has a jelly-like texture and tastes great, especially when chilled!

Plant Type:
Tropical Evergreen Fruiting Tree/Shrub

Harvest Season:
Spring- Early Summer

Mature Size:
Up to 100 ft. tall
(generally 65 ft. tall)

Soil & Moisture:
Rich, well-draining soil.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile: 
Yes

Growth Rate: 
Medium

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+ 

Propagation: 
Our Star Apples are grown from grafting and are capable of producing fruit within 4 years.

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